Karachi, October 10, 2018 (PPI-OT): Plant Biotechnology has become most important for agriculture sector in Pakistan because it not only helps farmers to acquire better yields of their corps, but also save the expenses in respect of the use of chemicals such as fertilizer and pesticides. In plant biotechnology, we may transfer good qualities of a plant in other plants, for example, we have produced BT Cotton to produce better quality of cotton with the help of this technology and banana crops has also been saved from various diseases.
This was stated by Deputy Director General, Defense, Science and Technology Organization (DESTO) Prof. Dr. Saifullah Khan while delivering a lecture on ” new trends in plant biotechnology” to the students of Biosciences Department, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi yesterday. Senior faculty members of Biosciences department Dr. Khitab Gul, Dr. Huma Javed, Bushra Bilal, Anam Tariq and Faizan Saleem were also present on this occasion. Dr. Saifullah Khan in his lecture emphasized on the basic necessities and the need of full skills required in Plant tissue culture and to compete in international market.
He focused on current techniques use in plant tissue engineering to acquire better yield of crops and to produce disease free corps in Pakistan. He said that the tissue culture technology can be helpful to increase the export quality crops and fruits in Pakistan to boost the economy of the country.
Highlighting upon the historical background of agriculture sector, he said that the world was facing acute food shortage problem after world war second. He told that in order to overcome this crisis, Chemical revolution was introduce in agriculture sector by producing fertilizer and pesticides.
He said after this green revolution was started during which importance was given to the better yields crops. He further told that according to experts view, two billion populations may increases in next twenty years due to which another food crisis is expected. He emphasized that in future this could be tackle through beneficial traits in crops via plant tissue culture.
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